UPDATED: APRIL 13, 2018 3:06 PM — Principals in a small Brazilian hotel chain paid $7.5 million on Wednesday to enter the Orlando tourism corridor, buying a 190-key independent hotel along International Drive they plan to renovate and rebrand.
The buyer is an affiliate of Monreale Hotels, which owns and operates six hotels in southern Brazil under three independent brands.
This is the company's second investment in Orlando; it previously owned the Super 8 motel at 5900 American Way between December 2012 and November 2015, when it sold for a $4.325 million profit.
Monreale executives began this week a thorough renovation plan that will include replacing most of the property's FF&E, and within six months should be ready to rebrand with their Brazilian flag SonoHotel, local real estate broker and buyer's representative Kiran Patel told GrowthSpotter.
The company's SonoHotel flag is limited service, with its one urban Brazilian location offering free Wi-Fi, breakfast and cable TV as amenities.
The buyer sourced a $4.5 million loan from First Colony Bank of Florida.
The seller was Orltel LLC, an investment vehicle for owner-operators Kamlesh Patel and Kiran Shah, which previously paid $3.2 million in 2005.
Listing agent T.C. Chen of SVN had been marketing the property since February 2017 with an unlisted price, and highlighted in those materials that a national franchise flag was available to rebrand the property.
This is the third new hospitality investment announced in the past three months for the small Visitors Circle loop, which lies just off the I-Drive and Universal Boulevard intersection.